An FIR has been registered against unidentified CISF personnel after an Australian woman claimed that her jewelery and foreign currency worth Rs 50,000 were stolen from her handbag during an X-ray check as she transferred from the international to the domestic section at the airport in Australia. Delhi.
Akeshni Singh Gour, 40, was flying from Sydney to Delhi on an Air India flight and was taking a connecting airline flight to Hyderabad on August 11 when she encountered this untoward incident. She traveled to India to attend her father-in-law’s funeral.
“The whole thing was an act involving some officials who knew what they were doing and they took advantage of my vulnerability because I knew a mother who was traveling alone with two very small children (aged 3 and 7) who were both exhausted of a 15-hour flight,” reads the FIR, recorded on January 4.
Speaking to PTI by telephone from her home in Sydney, Ms Gour said she realized the theft after she reached Hyderabad and that the strong suspicion of involvement from security personnel was due to the fact that throughout the journey her backpack containing valuables was the only times was. of her vision when she went through the screening.
“I have written to every authority in the past six months from Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia to Airport Security, Delhi Police, CISF, etc. But it was not until December 30 that I received an email from SHO IGI Airport to join the inquiry.” Ms Gour said, adding that she occasionally travels to India and this trip was the first in six years.
Responding to a PTI question, the office of Apoorv Pandey, Public Relations Officer of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), said they are investigating the matter.
The woman said: “On October 11, 2022, I received an email from Arun Singh, AIG/Airport Security, asking me to pursue the matter with the local police.” She also shared a copy of the letter with PTI.
Mr Singh’s letter further stated: “The local police are the appropriate authority for redressing your complaint.” She gave details of incidents and said she brought five trays during the X-ray screening, three for her backpacks, one for her suitcase and one extra tray for her laptop. Together with her children, she walked out the other side through the screening process.
“All the containers except the one with the backpack with my personal belongings came out together. I picked all the stuff and later saw that one container with the backpack go to the other side where those bags with questionable stuff go,” she said.
“I walked to the other side and the officer asked me for my boarding pass and I said the boarding pass itself is in that bag. .
She wasn’t suspicious when the officer looked at the x-ray screen and asked her to go. Although she found it rather surprising that he didn’t even check the bag.
“If they found questionable items, why didn’t they check? They asked me to hurry up and leave without any inspection,” she said.
“I am desperate and hope to have faith in the justice system of India to help me, not only for my own benefit, but also to ensure that there are no more victims who travel across India and are the target of these low lives who are supposed to be there first and foremost for our safety and security,” reads the FIR.
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